The Best Golf Destinations in the Scottish Highlands

Second Green, Royal Dornoch in Winter
Second Green, Royal Dornoch in Winter | © John Haslam/Flickr

Scotland is the ancestral home of golf and for keen players, the country offers over 500 courses to choose from. These range from the great Open courses down to those few that only the locals know about — there is something to test everyone. Here are seven golf destinations in the Scottish Highlands, each guaranteed to provide a different and unforgettable experience.

1. Royal Dornoch Golf Club


Last, but definitely not least, this club needs little introduction to the golf aficionado. There are two 18 hole courses; the Championship and the more modern Struie. The Championship course has been called the ‘king of Scottish links courses’ and was designed by Old Tom Morris. Tom Watson is an honorary member and once played twice in one day, announcing it was the most fun he had ever had on a course. The area has a microclimate, with remarkably little rainfall and warmer temperatures than much of the Highlands — you may need your sunblock!

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